WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas… the Players Edge!
BETH RAYMER’S bestselling book, Lay The Favorite: A Memoir Of Gambling, is being made into a movie titled Lay The Favorite, Take The Dog. The movie is about a cocktail waitress who becomes one of the biggest bookies in Vegas. Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake and Catherine Zeta-Jones are rumored to be the favorites to star in the flick … hard to imagine her as a drink slinger.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL comes to Sin City when the Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds March 12 and the Los Angeles Dodgers March 13 at Cashman Field.
BECAUSE THE Nevada Gaming Commission has altered its rules, you may get to place a wager on the Academy Awards, the presidential election or even the unpredictable Grammys. Until now, Las Vegas sports books could only take wagers on sporting events, but beginning this month, Regulation 22 allows them to ask permission to book (take bets) on non-sporting events. The change in ruling was designed to help Vegas casinos compete with off-shore bookmakers.
LADY GAGA’S Monster Ball hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena March 25.
TICKETS ARE still available for the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley WBO welterweight championship fight at MGM Grand. But they don’t come cheap … plan to spend between $328 and $16,240 per ticket. The line for the May 7 battle favors Pacquiao, the “Fighter of the Decade,” 7-1.
EVE’S MONEY SHOT … Every Wednesday the club drops $5,000 in cash on party-goers.
THE MISS USA pageant returns June 19 to Planet Hollywood and KHNL (NBC).
BINGO FANS will be glad to know that the game is making a comeback at Binion’s. The downtown casino will run six sessions a day with 13 games per session in a new room on the casino floor.
MGM RESORTS reported a loss of $139.2 million during last year’s fourth quarter. The most expensive construction project in the country’s history, CityCenter, posted an operating loss of $38.4 million.
THE BLUE MAN GROUP is packing up and moving from the Venetian next year. America’s Best Dance Crew, the Jabbawockeez, will co-headline the Monte Carlo’s main showroom that was once the home of magician Lance Burton. In the meantime, the blue guys’ new showtimes are 7 and 10 p.m.
WHAT’S BETTER than a round of golf in Vegas? Playing in the Miss Hawaii 2011 Golf Tournament at Pearl Country Club on May 27. Proceeds help fund the pageant’s $500,000 scholarship awards and tuition grant waivers. Register before May 14 to meet all 22 Miss Hawaii 2011 final-ists. For more information, call John Pang at 479-8098; Don Harada, tournament co-founder and adviser at 947-7575; or Ken Rakta at 247-4121.
SPOCKED checking out one of Cher’s final performances at Caesars Palace Colosseum: Kimo Kahoano and Leilani Kupahu-Marino.
PAMELA ANDERSON says her ex-BF, real estate developer Laurence Hallier, promised her a free condo or $1 million to promote his high-end Panorama Towers. But the project wasn’t completed on time so she wants the cash.